JAMES H. DOUGLAS
State of Vermont
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
For Immediate Release: Friday, June 29, 2007
Contact: Jason Gibbs
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today launched the No Child Left Inside challenge, a program of the Governor’s Fit and Healthy Kids Initiative meant to encourage young Vermonters, and those who are young-at-heart, to get outside and enjoy Vermont’s many parks and historic sites.
The No Child Left Inside program, a collaborative effort among various state agencies and Vermont’s outdoor recreation and health organizations, will run through the entire month of July. Participants are encouraged to keep track of their activities and fill out a simple scorecard, including stories or pictures, outlining their activities. The scorecard is available on Governor Douglas’ website: http://www.vermont.gov/governor.
At the end of the month, participants can leave their scorecard at any Vermont State Park or mail it to the Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation for a chance to win prizes, including free camping or a family hike with Governor Douglas.
The Governor, who has made improving the health of Vermonters a central component of his plan to make health care more affordable, said there’s no reason for any child to be left inside this summer.
“Exploring all Vermont has to offer can start with choosing among a wide variety of fun summertime activities close to home—swimming, canoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, nature walks, horseback riding and exploring Vermont’s historic resources—all of which can be done at parks throughout our state,” the Governor said. “That’s why we are encouraging Vermonters of all ages and abilities to get out to our parks this summer and have some fun.”
According to the Vermont Department of Health, just 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids can improve health and well-being and dramatically reduce the risk of chronic and costly diseases.
“Our parks provide opportunities to meet our fitness and health care goals while enjoying the benefits of Vermont’s extraordinary environment,” the Governor concluded. “I hope Vermonters will take the No Child Left Inside challenge.”
About the Fit & Healthy Kids Initiative
Launched by Governor Douglas in 2003 and coordinated by the Vermont Department of Health, the Governor’s Fit and Healthy Kids Initiative is a comprehensive approach to promoting healthy eating and increased physical activity among Vermont’s children and their families.
Studies show that children who eat well and get plenty of exercise perform better in school and avoid chronic and costly diseases as adults.
For more information about the Fit and Healthy Kids initiative and childhood obesity, visit the Vermont Department of Health website at: http://healthvermont.gov